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Chuuuttt - StreetArt - Jef Aerosol - Beaubourg

This page was updated on: Saturday, January 27, 2018 at: 3:03 pm

Chuuuttt! by Jef Aerosol

Chuuuttt! is a gigantic stencil that covers the gable wall of a building overlooking Place Igor Stravinsky.

The square is famous for the musical fountain created by the Swiss artist Jean Tinguely and his wife Niki de Saint Phalle.

Chuuutttt! is located between St-Merry Church and the Centre Pompidou in Beaubourg district.

Jean-Francois Perroy, aka Jef Aérosol, one of the pioneers in street art stencil, created Chuuuttt! in 2011 for Mur4Mur.

The aim of this art project was to promote accessible contemporary art in historical Paris.

The district inhabitants commissioned the stencil graffiti to replace the unauthorized and unsightly tags that used to smear the wall and depreciated Saint-Phalle and Tinguely's fountain.

A monumental stencil

Chuuuttt! covers the entire height of the wall and blends in the surrounding decor, as it is in black and white.

The only colourful element is a red arrow, Jef Aérosol's signature.

The creation of the 22m high by 14m wide stencil is a feat of creativity and technique!

Made in 4 strips, it covers an area of 350 m2 and needed 200 aerosol cans.

Jef invited other talented street art artists such as Blek le Rat, C215, Miss Tic, Kris Trappeniers and Vhils in order to help him create Chuuuttt! in less than three days - assembling and dismantling of the scaffolding included!

The monumental stencil is an auto-portrait, and I find that Jef Aérosol looks a bit like Salvador Dali.

Jef represented himself with his index finger placed on his lips, watching passers-by and children playing by the fountains, and saying Chuuuttt! listen!

Chuuuttt stencil mural
Chuuuttt stencil mural

Jef Aérosol about Chuuuttt!

« Ce geste est une façon de dire: Ecoutez-vous les uns, les autres et une invitation à se poser cinq minutes, à tendre l'oreille à des choses que vous n'avez pas l'habitude d'entendre.

La ville, ce ne sont pas seulement les sirènes de police et le bruit des moteurs.

C'est aussi les cris des enfants, le chant des oiseaux et la mélodie des langues des touristes, nombreux aux abords du Centre Pompidou »

"This gesture is my way of saying, listen to each others and stop for five minutes, listen to things you do not usually hear.

The city is not just the sound of police sirens and engines.

This is also the cries of children, the birds singing and the melody of foreign languages, the languages of the many tourists visiting the Centre Pompidou "

We should follow Jef's advice as the area has lots to offer in terms of art and history.

Take the time of strolling around, you'll discover plethora of lively streets and squares bordered by Parisian cafés and restaurants and will be entertained by street artists.

Chuuuttt!  is also a stone's throw from the Quartier de l'Horloge, Fontaine des Innocents, Les Halles and Saint-Eustache Church and the unusual sculpture Ecoute on its square.

Directions: 4th District - Square Igor Stravinsky
Metro: Hôtel-de-Ville on Lines 11/1 or Rambuteau on Line 11
Coordinates - Lat 48.859462 – Long 2.351536

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